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How to Install YakChat for Microsoft Teams

It’s quick and easy to install YakChat for Microsoft Teams. Our handy step-by-step guide shows you how.

Installation Instructions

Important: The .zip file must be uploaded into Microsoft Teams intact. Do not extract any files contained in the .zip file or the installation process will fail, even if the files are re-compressed into a new .zip file. Safari browsers are often set to automatically extract .zip files. This setting must be disabled. You can find Instructions on how to do that here.  

Step 1

Firstly, download YakChat App for Microsoft Teams into your default download folder, using the download button.  

As has been noted, you must ensure the .zip file is not unpacked. The whole .zip file must be uploaded into Microsoft Teams. 

Step 2

Now open Microsoft Teams. 

Then click on the Apps icon from the toolbar on the left.

Step 3

Click on Upload a Custom App. You can find it at the bottom of the Store menu in Microsoft Teams.*

Now continue to Step 5

*If, however, this option is not displayed, go to Step 4.

Step 4

If the Upload a custom app menu option is unavailable, then you’ll need to contact your Microsoft Teams administrator.

In order to turn on the Upload custom apps feature, visit the Teams apps/Setup policies menu in the Microsoft Teams admin center.

Step 5

Select YakChat for Teams .zip file in your browser’s default download folder. 

Then click Open.

Step 6

The Microsoft Teams Manifest window will be displayed.

Now click the Add button to add the YakChat app into Microsoft Teams.

Step 7

Microsoft’s authentication window will now be displayed. 

Simply sign-in with your Microsoft Teams email and password. You will also use these to login to YakChat.

Step 8

To connect your Microsoft 365 tenant with YakChat requires permission from your Microsoft Teams or Azure administrator.

If you are an administrator then you can approve  yourself by clicking on the Accept button.

To approve your whole organization, you can also tick the option: Consent on behalf of your organization. Then skip to step 10.

If you are not an administrator, go to Step 9.

Step 9

If you are not the Microsoft Teams or Azure administrator, you will now be presented with a similar Microsoft permission request window but without the Consent on behalf of your organization option.

Click on the Accept button for a link that your administrator can use to provide admin approval.

Step 10

If this is the first time you’ve used YakChat, and you’ve not pre-purchased the service, you will now be asked to complete YakChat’s Free Trial Registration page. 

On the first page, simply enter:

1) Your name

2) Your MicrosoftTeams login email address

3) Your contact number. 

Then click Next.

Step 11

Complete the Company details page, and confirm to which country your texts will be sent. 

Then click Next.

Step 12

Finally, confirm you have read the Terms and Conditions and are happy to receive updates and marketing information from YakChat.

Then click Finish.

You're in!

YakChat will now be displayed in Microsoft Teams.

Next Step

Click on the Next button below to learn how to send your first message. 

YakChat SMS-enables Microsoft Teams for fast, compelling conversations. Connect instantly with your clients and co-workers anywhere in the world. You can add YakChat to your MS Teams or Skype for Business platform in minutes, so you’ll be up, running and texting in no time. What’s more, your contacts won’t have to download an app to get your texts. They can simply receive and reply to your messages in the same quick-and-easy way they do with family and friends. And whenever you need to keep your conversations going on the move, simply switch to our handy YakChat mobile app.
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